Review: All for You by Bella Brooks (Beautiful You #1)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.
“May” is all Will says when his arms wrap around my shoulders and his head tucks into the crest of my neck.
“Together,” I breathe.
“Always and forever, no matter the weather,” he mumbles into my neck.
Belle Brooks was a new-to-me author going into All for You, the first in her Beautiful You series; now, you may consider me a Belle-iever (has that been copyrighted already?) because I was absolutely blown away by this author's ability to write the sort of story that gives you pause, inspired you to think, and simply makes you feel. It's a wonder that I've gone this long never having read anything by Brooks, but while All for You is my first read, it most certainly won't be the last, and not just because I've already got the sequel to this book on my to-be-read list.
At twenty-three, Maybelline Connors has barely begun the next phase in her young life. She's only been married a little over a year to her soulmate, twenty-five-year-old Willard, the same person who's been a part of her life since she was four years old. They would love nothing more than to have a baby to become a part of their family, but life has other plans for May. When she receives life-changing news, heartbreaking choices will need to be made--and they will affect not only her but Will--the man she loves--as well, and both of their families and their best friends.
If you've read the blurb for this book or sneaked a peek at some of the graphic teasers, it's pretty easy to decipher what it is that has Maybelline setting a different course for her life. I loved this young woman's strength and perseverance, and even when doubt and fear crept in, she had the support of those nearest and dearest to her to help bolster her spirits. It's those relationships she shares with Will, her parents, her sister, her best friend, and Will's family and best friend that reminds us all that there are trials and tribulations you do not have to bear alone.
This story isn't what many would consider a romance; as a matter of fact, this is categorized as women's fiction, and to be honest, I don't require the typical "happily-ever-after" for every single book I read--yes, including romance, but that's a whole 'nother discussion. Even knowing how this would end, it had that note of hopefulness, almost like a reminder that life goes on, and that your life isn't measured by the number of years you lived but on how you lived it and the legacy that you leave behind. Five-plus stars go to All for You, one of my favorites of 2019. ♥
Release Date: 28 July 2019
Date Read: 27 July 2019
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